The Lamplighter Dining Rooms

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • This family-run Victorian restaurant with rooms is 15 minutes' walk from Lake Windermere
  • Bowness-on-Windermere is 5 minutes by car, Ambleside is a 15-minute drive away
  • The restaurant is recommended by The Observer's Jay Rayner

"Excellent location very friendly staff and excellent menu I would recommend a shirt stay at this hotel."
Dec 11, 2019 - Middlewich, United Kingdom
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The Lamplighter Dining Rooms is a family-run property in the town of Windermere. It dates back to 1865, and is built from Lakeland stone. 

Windermere, "the queen of Lake District lakes" (Lonely Planet), is a 15-minute walk away. We recommend the short hike up Orrest Head for superb views of the of Lake Windermere, the Lake District Fells, Morecambe Bay and the Pennines. Bowness-on-Windermere is 5 minutes by car, Ambleside is a 15-minute drive away

National Trust-run Hill Top, the house Beatrix Potter bought with the royalties from her books, is 30 minutes' drive from the hotel. Dove Cottage, where poet William Wordsworth lived, is a 20-minute drive in Grasmere. You can take a guided tour of the house and gardens, and visit The Wordsworth Museum, which displays his original letters, journals and poems.

The hotel's restaurant serves traditional British dishes, and is a North West finalist in the 2019 Restaurant Awards. The Observer's critic Jay Rayner is a fan of the "glorious" bone-on rib of beef and a "magnificent" cauliflower cheese, which are served at Sunday lunch. The bar stocks local ales, wine and more than 15 varieties of gin. There is a roaring fire in the winter.

In keeping with the 19th-century building, bedrooms have a Victorian look, with striped wallpaper and polished-wood beds. All have renovated bathrooms.



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Hair-dryer
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking
  • Off-street parking


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.
Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Extra guest charges will apply as follows:
Crib/Pack 'n Play available upon request, for children 2 and under: £5 per night.
Extra bedding not available for older children and adults.
Meals are not included in the supplement and will be charged as taken.
Please use the Special Request field to confirm the age of the third guest.
Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel. See room descriptions and rate policies for information about room occupancy and prices.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and will be charged at £10 per pet per night.
Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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(147 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Lamplighter Dining Rooms Ltd (t/a The Lamplighter Dining Rooms) over the past 15 months.
4.2 Ambiance
4.6 Location
3.9 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.7 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Excellent location very friendly staff and excellent menu I would recommend a shirt stay at this hotel.
Carol Dec 11, 2019 Middlewich, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Nice clean and comfy room. Food very good and friendly staff. Bar and dining area very cosy and relaxing.
robert Dec 08, 2019 Preston, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Friendly and helpful staff. Fantastic location near bus and rail connections.
James Dec 06, 2019 Sunderland, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Meals superb. Staff at all levels friendly, professional and efficient. Room adequate and clean.
Kenneth Dec 06, 2019 Wrexham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Warm and comfortable throughout. Extremely friendly and helpful staff who provided excellent food and service. Great location; couldn't ask for more.
Other Comments
Roadworks and closure made parking a little more problematic than expected but staff did everything they could to help and it was soon sorted. Hopefully for them the roadworks will end shortly.
Sandra Nov 29, 2019 Whitehaven, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Good staff Good food
Other Comments
Bedrooms were very disappointing , very tired We paid £40 to upgrade and were still disappointed
Nov 28, 2019 darlington, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Good location. Staff friendly and helpful. Liked the food but I would have liked the dining room to have been opened promptly at 8.00am for breakfast instead of having to stand and wait.
Beatrice Nov 28, 2019 Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
room very stuffy
Diana Nov 27, 2019 Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Warm and welcoming on a cold wet day . Looked after exceptional well by the two guys in the bar and restaurant . We had a very good evening meal . The portions more than generous . Bed very comfortable . We had a lovely stay thank you
Sandra Nov 23, 2019 Mirfield, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great food but room was not premium , very tired looking and beds have seen better days.
John Nov 21, 2019 Liverpool, United Kingdom

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